Hop_Hedonist (219) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 29, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2014 Truely a great pale ale. Wow! Super hoppy - just the way I like it! Taken one point off because it’s a little too alcoholic for me. Would like to drink more of this without falling over!
This batch is well balanced - lot of malt but so lots of lovely hops! Very quaffable.
DylansDad (300) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 18, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is no shrinking violet. It unsubtly screams citrus, passionfruit, (is it maybe over ripe apricots as well?) and resin. Gorgeous. It’s a very dynamic aroma: in the background the apricot rolls into a yeasty bread cooking in the oven smell which then rolls into some kind of roast nut... but there’s no way I’m gonna spend my time sniffin’ this; it’s screaming "Drink me, bi-yatch!" So I drink. Hugely bitter but immediately balanced with the sweet tastes of the aroma. Simple straightforward IPA, unpretentious, and very drinkable.
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 12, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fantastic ipa, up there with hopwired. Beautiful flavours and a nice balance that rolls to an aggressive bitterness. Winner.
omega (680) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 26, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2014 Draught: Pours quite a murky golden colour and has a big sweet tropical hop hit on the nose. Pineapple and feijoa on the palate which has good length.
Bottle rerate: This thing is bone dry with a great nose and not as syrupy as I got from the taps. Sadly this beer is not widely available as it has the potential to be one of the best beers in the country.
2014 Rerate - still about the same, but now could be more widely available - Happy campers!!
Tonybaldeagle (60) - - APR 23, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ball grabbingly taste that shouts flavour & palate with bold hops that leave a warm satisfying experience
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
HopObessaison (21) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 6, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at HashigoZake - Amazing aroma, huge hops, and a slow building bitterness, would have loved a pint or two but volume was limited. Great beer. 3/24
Brenhophead (531) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650mL bottle. Pours golden with a nice white head and an amazing sweet tropical fruit like aroma. Massive resinous necterine/mango/cherry like flavour which just dominates everything. A nice sweet does provide balance but be under no illusions this beer is very bitter. Wow what a beer, very enjoyable.
craiggyNZ (9) - - JUN 16, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Great hop bitterness and aroma. I tasted more of the riwaka than the NS hops. Sweet citrus and pineapple flavours that linger pleasantly. Very good.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My 100th NZ beer rating, on the sixth day of my trip, and it comes in the least likely place - Taupo, more or less a beer desert. Fortunately I planned ahead and stocked up in Rotorura and Okere. Bottle. Cloudy to murky variegated golden orange color, big fluffy white head. Beautiful aroma of orange, peach, pineapple, tropical fruit, herbal weeds. Taste is bitter dried tropical fruit. Dry finish. I vote against the church on this one - it doesn’t seem pernicious to me at all.
beer-yum (437) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2014 An excellent beer for those who like hops and one of my favourites of any style. Only wish it were more frequently available (and I was able to have more than a couple without feeling wobbly).